Trump ordered staff to ‘smash some heads’ to clear George Floyd protesters in Lafayette Square: Book
Memoirs of Meadows The Chief’s Chief went up for sale on Tuesday
Former President Donald Trump told his then Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to “smash some heads and make some arrests” when Black Lives Matter activists protested outside the White House in Lafayette Square in June 2020, Meadows wrote in his new book.
The protesters were given permission for the now infamous photo of Trump with a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
US Park Police and National Guard troops forcibly dispersed peaceful protesters who blocked Pennsylvania Avenue with tear gas and mounted officers, leaving Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Attorney General Bill Barr and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley and others could get through.
Ivanka Trump reportedly came up with the stunt that day, but Meadows said Trump was already agitated that protesters were blocking the street in front of the White House.
In his new memoir released Tuesday, titled The Chief’s Chief, Meadows wrote that Trump was “concerned” after “he ordered the park to be evacuated, and it was not followed up.”
That demonstration, and others that took place across the country at the time, were sparked by the murder of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd by white police officer Derek Chauvin.
“The various law enforcement agencies that would be under Bill Barr’s command were clearly not communicating with each other and it appeared that no arrests had been made yet,” Meadows said of June 1, 2020.
The ex-White House official claimed to have called Trump when he was “tired” and believed the protesters were attempting to knock down a statue of Andrew Jackson.
“Looks like we have a situation out there,” Meadows said.
The events described in this clip preceded Trump’s now infamous photo shoot in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church on June 1, 2020
US Park Police and National Guard forces forcibly removed protesters from Lafayette Square, which was directly between the church and the White House
“They are trying to tear down statues and destroy the park. I assume we have the authority to deploy the law enforcement necessary to resolve this?’
That was when Meadows said Trump had “enough.”
Trump told him, according to rolling stone“You don’t just have the authority… I want you to go out and grab some cups and make some arrests. We must restore order.’
“I wasn’t quite prepared to crack anything,” Meadows wrote.
But he went into detail to the Secret Service chief at the front door of the White House and told him there were “orders from President Trump to open Pennsylvania Avenue.”
Meadows claimed law enforcement officers were “resisting” Trump’s calls to crack down on the activists, but “it was clear that the agents on the ground felt the same way as President Trump.”
Meadows, a former member of Congress from North Carolina, found himself in hot water last night when the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said it had “no choice” but to continue with a scornful vote in the House if Meadows did not. failed to show up for his scheduled impeachment this morning.
Trump was joined by Meadows, Bill Barr, Mark Milley, Mark Esper and others
He had instructed Meadows to “smash in some heads and make some arrests” so he could get a clear path to the church.
The plan for the photo shoot was reportedly hatched that same day by his daughter, Ivanka Trump
As he told lawmakers through his attorney yesterday, Meadows did not appear.
“The select committee has no choice but to continue the contempt procedure and the instance in which Mr. Meadows once recommended that he be referred for criminal charges,” Thompson wrote on Tuesday.
But among the material he did flip is a 38-page PowerPoint presentation titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN” that was supposed to be given “up the hill.”
Thompson’s letter reveals that Meadows exchanged emails about the lengthy presentation up to the day before the Capitol attack.
The letter to Meadows’ attorney also revealed more details about communications the former North Carolina congressman had sent to the committee.
One of the most damning appears to be a text exchange between Meadows and an unnamed federal lawmaker that took place after the November 2020 election.
The letter refers to a text exchange on Nov. 6, 2020 with a member of Congress, apparently about appointing alternate voters in certain states as part of a plan the member acknowledged would be “highly controversial” and on which Mr. Meadows apparently said “I love it”…’
Thompson’s letter means the House could hold a vote as early as Friday to refer Meadows to the Justice Department for criminal charges.